Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park

Infobox_protected_area_of_Australia | name = Kalbarri National Park
iucn_category = II

caption = Map of Australia
locator_x = 13
locator_y = 121
nearest_town_or_city = Kalbarri
coordinates = coord|27|47|05|S|114|14|45|E|type:landmark_region:AU|display=inline,title
area = 1830 km²
established = 1963
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
managing_authorities = Department of Environment and Conservation
official_site = [http://www.naturebase.net/component/option,com_hotproperty/task,view/id,61/Itemid,755/ NatureBase - Nambung National Park]

Kalbarri is a national park in Western Australia (Australia) of 1830.04 km², located 485 km north of Perth. The major geographical features of the park include the Murchison River gorge which runs for nearly 80 kilometres on the lower reaches of the Murchison River. Spectacular coastal cliffs are located on the coast near the mouth of the Murchison River and the town of Kalbarri.

The area is also famed for the diversity and extent of wildflowers during winter months. Twenty-one plant species are found only in the coastal cliff tops and gorge country predominantly in the National Park. One of the best known local plants is the Kalbarri catspaw, a small yellow or red plant that is usually seen on recently burnt country from August to September. Several orchids can only be seen in and near the park, including the Kalbarri spider orchid and the Murchison hammer orchid.

Activities in the park include horse riding, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and rafting. From Kalbarri there are scenic cruises up the Murchison river.


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* Protected areas of Western Australia

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